Every spring, HFP hosts its annual fundraiser, Hoopla! The event serves both to raise funds for tuition assistance and our sliding fee tuition scale and to bring HFP families together to celebrate all that makes HFP such a special place for children and families alike. Current HFP children and families and friends, alumni and families and friends; and Teacher Susan joined the festivities at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion in Sellwood. In the spirit of the event, adults and children arrived in an array of colorful costumes. Fairies, super heroes, butterflies, sock monkeys, tigers, aliens, princesses and cowgirls filled the pavilion. To the delight of all, Teacher Susan revealed that her alter ego is the tooth fairy, appearing complete with sparkling wings, a toothy hat, netted skirts, and a sash adorned with tooth brushes.
Every HFP family contributed to the success of Hoopla! Parent volunteers organized and oversaw the entire event. We designed and constructed a magical children’s play area out of huge cardboard trees, paper birds, tents, and twinkling purple and white lights.
Parents supplied and staffed a children’s craft table where artistic personalities could express themselves, modeling with home-made play dough or constructing glittery paper plate tambourines.
The Pagan Jug Band, Circus Cascadia and singer/songwriter clowns Olive and Dingo kept attendees of every age entertained.
Parent volunteers provided tables full of delicious entrees, side dishes and desserts.
Families acquired donations from local business for the silent auction tables and wine wall. Timbers tickets, handmade jewelry, an original song composed by a parent singer/songwriter, Oregon Symphony tickets, original art work, legal services, homemade jam and pickles, books, garden plants, and bags of New Seasons groceries were just some of the popular auction options. The generosity of families, friends and the local community ensured that another year of HFP will be affordable and accessible for all families.
Each year the fundraising committee shifts and new chairpersons assume the responsibility of creating a fun and lucrative event so that children from families from a range of financial means can benefit from the caring, play-based, family-oriented education of HFP. A special thanks goes out to this year’s fundraising chairpersons, Melissa and Katy; the fundraising committee; and everyone who worked so hard to make Hoopla! such a resounding success.